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Saturday, December 10, 2016
CAFOD: Aid is reaching North Korea
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¬†Emergency aid sent by CAFOD is reaching the people who need it most, a spokesman said this week. Following a shocking Channel Four documentary 'Children of a Secret State' which showed international food aid being sold on the black market while street children starved, CAFOD says it is careful to ensure their aid gets through. Tim Aldred, who visited the country last month, said: "Despite serious constraints on our ability to move independently, we make strenuous efforts to ensure our food aid reaches the most vulnerable. We have a strong system of checks and balances." He added: "We welcome the exposure of the critical situation in North Korea. The people there have been suffering from chronic for shortages for the last five years." So far this year CAFOD has sent aid, funded by the British government, worth £157,000 to North Korea . In one of their largest programmes of the last four years, CAFOD's partner in the country Caritas International plans to spend £2.4 million in North Korea this year.
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